Collection 2561 - Omega Beta photograph album, 1916-1923
Creator: Omega Beta
Provenance Note: A photograph album created by members of the Omega Beta fraternity of Bozeman, Montana was donated to Montana State University by Rick Clark of Lakeside, Montana on July 9, 2012.
Historical Note: The Omega Beta fraternity was founded at Montana State College, Bozeman, Montana on May 14, 1915 as the Anatnom Club. It was the third such organization founded at the college, and changed its name to Omega Beta in the fall of 1915 after the faculty lifted a ban on Greek letter organizations. The Omegas eventually owned their fraternity house on 302 South Wilson. As early as 1932, the Omega Betas petitioned for a charter as a local chapter of the national Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, but the process was not complete until 1939 when the organization became the Zeta Triton chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa.
Content Description Note: The scrapbook contains 62 pages of photographs, many captioned by the nicknames or given names of the members and their friends, taken between 1916 and 1923. Snapshots show members engaged in campus activities, picnics, involvement with other organizations such as the Les Buffons club and the MSC football, basketball, and baseball teams. Formal portraits of some individual members of the fraternity, as well as group portraits, are also included. Some members serving with the United States Army during World War I submitted photographs for inclusion as well. Selected buildings on the MSC campus, and in the city of Bozeman, are present. The photographs were not placed in chronological order within the album, with images from several different years appearing on selected pages.